As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s Word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.
12 Best Psalms for deep Meditation
We hear so much about the power of meditation today, but what really is it? Why does it matter? Christian Meditation is incredibly effective in the life of a believer. Meditation, in fact, is mentioned more than 30 times throughout Scripture, 19 of which are mentioned in the Book of Psalms alone. The short answer is Christian Meditation is a powerful and focused form of prayer. It helps the faithful to become more aware of the revelations of God and to understand what He is expecting of us. Scripture relates meditation to obedience. In the Book of Joshua, the Lord says: “This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (1:8). In other words, meditation gives us wisdom. It is for our overall success. When we are successful spiritually, we will be successful in all other areas of life.
While most other ideologies practice meditation for the primary intention of individual growth and strength, Christian meditation is performed (and encouraged) in order to deepen one’s relationship with God first. In the end, what will have been more important than that? Here is the answer: Nothing.
For the best and most effective experience meditating, listening for the voice of God, I recommend finding a quiet, humble and peaceful place. Somewhere you can sit comfortably and with an undisturbed and clear mind. Begin by offering up a small prayer of gratitude and praise to the Lord. Then read through the following 12 Best Psalms for Meditation. Out of these passages, choose the ones that speak most intimately and directly to your soul. Roll the divine Words around in your heart and mind so the directive becomes clear — What are the verses saying to you personally? As you do this, listen for the Holy Spirit. Pay attention to where He leads your thoughts. Every meditative experience will be different so try to keep your mind clear of distractions. Immerse yourself in this precious one-on-one time with God. Surrender your will for His and abandon your heart to Him.
12 Best Psalms for Meditation
“Because he loves Me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges My Name.
He will call on Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him My salvation.”
For Meditation: Reflect on why God is protecting you. What He will do for you?
You have searched me, Lord,
and You know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
You, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and You lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
For Meditation: Reflect on how intimately God knows you
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know Your Name trust in you,
for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
For Meditation: Who is God for those who know, trust and seek Him?
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the Law of the Lord,
and who meditates on His Law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
For Meditation: Who will be blessed?
I will praise the Lord, Who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
For Meditation: What must you do in order to be counseled and not shaken?
The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for His Name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.
For Meditation: With the Lord as your Shepherd, what are you granted?
Psalm 27:1, 5, 14
The Lord is my Light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
For in the day of trouble
He will keep me safe in His dwelling;
He will hide me in the shelter of His sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
For Meditation: Who is the Lord to you? What will He do for you? What must you do for Him?
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
He delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
For Meditation: Who does the Lord hear? Who is He close to?
I will exalt you, Lord,
for You lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Lord my God, I called to You for help,
and You healed me.
For Meditation: What will the Lord do for you when you cry for help? What should you do in return?
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and grant me a willing Spirit, to sustain me.
For Meditation: How should you pray? What should you pray for?
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the Law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep His statutes
and seek Him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
but follow His ways.
You [Lord] have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying [all] Your decrees!
For Meditation: According to this passage, who is blessed?
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from Him [alone].
Truly He is my Rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
For Meditation: Who is the Lord to you? What does that mean?
“The Law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous” –Psalm 19:7-9.
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This is an incredibly helpful compilation. It’s a virtual HOW TO for Christian meditation. 💪